Steely Presents Original “Bad Santa”

January 4, 2014

LHS Members and their guests had no idea what to expect at the December 15th program “Merry Krampus” which was presented by Larchmont local and Christmas ornament collector, Bill Steely. After explaining the history of Saint Nick’s evil counterpart, Krampus, Bill showed a video of an actual Alpine Krampuslauf, a parade of young men in elaborate, grotesque costumes — the viewing experience punctuated by nervous laughter and occasional gasps from the audience.
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Slavery in Mamaroneck Township

January 4, 2014

Speaker: Ned Benton
Date: Sunday, January 19th
Time: 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.
Place: Larchmont Village Center

Free and open to the public
refreshments will be served

For information, contact Dee van Eyck at 914-834-0449 or

The Federal Census documents that in 1770 more than 10% of the people residing in the Town of Mamaroneck were slaves. Gilbert Budd, who owned the most slaves between 1790 and 1810, served as the Clerk of Mamaroneck Township. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Larchmont and Mamaroneck, when community reflects on freedom and human rights and recalls their antithesis, slavery, the Larchmont Historical Society’s program will recall Bet, Phelby, Candice,Nelly, Charlot, Jack, Hannibal, Telemarque, George, Lewis, Dorathea, John and Andrew. They were slaves — not on a Southern Plantation — but here in what is today the Town of Mamaroneck, where slavery was practiced in the 1600s and 1700s and did not recede until the 1820s.

The  presentation will focus particularly on two local slaves, John Cox and Andrew Cole, who escaped to side with the British during the Revolutionary War and were rewarded at the end of the war with their freedom and passage to Nova Scotia.

Antiques Appraisal Day at Clark Auction Gallery

February 11, 2011

(Larchmont, NY February 15, 2011) – Two years ago, the Larchmont Historical Society held their own version of  the “Antiques Roadshow” with “Antiques Appraisal Day”.   The event proved to be a wonderful success, with more than 80 enthusiastic participants  attending,  eager to learn the value of their treasured art, jewelry, furniture and decorative objects from a panel of expert appraisers.  This year, the LHS is partnering with Clarke Auction Gallery to once again offer guests the chance to assess the history and value of their antiques.

The event will have two parts.  The first, “What’s Hot? What’s Not” will be held on Friday evening, March 4th, from 6-8PM at the Larchmont Yacht Club.   It will feature  an open forum panel discussion with seasoned experts, exploring the state of the antiques market today,  and answering questions about their given expertise, as well as inquiries about antiques in general.   The panel will be moderated by Tom Curran of Clarke Auction Gallery.   Cocktails will be served.  The event is $20 for LHS members, $25 for non-members.

Part two, Antiques Appraisal Day, takes place  Saturday, March 5th, at Clarke  Auction Gallery, from 12-4PM.  Certified dealers and appraisers will be on hand in the fields of Asian Art and Antiquities, European and International Fine Art, Jewelry, Silver, Traditional American Antiques, Paintings and Sculpture, and the Decorative Arts.   A fee of $20 will be charged for the first appraised item, $10.00 will be charged for each additional item, with a maximum of three objects being appraised per person.

Light refreshments will be served.

For information and to rsvp for the Friday evening panel:

call 914-381-2239 or email
All proceeds will benefit The Larchmont Historical Society.

Historical Wonders: Barry Avenue AME Zion Church

January 18, 2011
By Katherine Samon, The Larchmont Patch, January 2011

Barry Avenue AME Zion Church Credit Katherine Ann Samon

On a Sunday morning, open the red door to Barry Avenue AME Zion Church, on North Barry Street on the Mamaroneck and Rye Neck border, and the singing—backed by piano, drums, tambourine, and clapping—warms the air. You could very well be entering past and future beyond the 1903 marker indicating when the church was built.
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2011 LHS House Tour May 15th

January 17, 2011

The House Tour takes place today – Sunday May 15th – from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  There have been intermittent brief rain showers but the houses are all within a brief walking distance, so bring an umbrella and enjoy the tour.

Online Ticket Purchasing is now closed. You can purchase your tickets and House Tour Journal at the corner of Mayhew Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue. Look for the historically-dressed firefighters. You can pay with cash, check or credit card.

The Tour is open to Historical Society members and the public. The following are the ticket prices:

  • House Tour and Reception: Members $45, Guests $55

Ticket Pick-up: If you purchased your tickets online or by mail, you can pick up your tickets and House Tour Journal at the corner of Mayhew Avenue and Stuyvesant Avenue at the time of the House Tour. Look for the historically-dressed firefighters.

  • House Tour Sunday May 15th, 1:00-5:00 pm
  • Reception: Sunday May 15th, 3:00-6:00 pm

Click here for more information: - LHS House Tour Tickets.